Janome Sew Comfortable No-Slip Foot Pedal Pad

Janome’s Sew Comfortable line has so many great products to choose from, it’s hard for me to choose just one as my “favourite thing”. Check out previous Janome Life blogs to learn more about the various products from the line, all of which are conveniently available from Janome Canada dealers.

Since I have to choose just one, I’d have to say it’s the Janome Sew Comfortable No-Slip Foot Pedal Pad. It’s so simple yet has made such a difference in my over-all sewing experience.

Part Number:  JA-FTPAD

How many times have you been sewing, and the foot pedal slides all over the floor, out of reach? You reach around with your foot hoping to snag the cord and bring it back closer to you but end up sliding further out of your chair. Sound familiar? When that doesn’t work, you have to stop, get out of your chair, get on your hands and knees on the floor to go find it, which isn’t so easy for some of us. And let’s not even talk about getting up again! That is a miracle in itself! lol!

What if you never had to do that again? Think of how much time and frustration you’d save if you didn’t have to struggle with a wondering foot pedal every time you sat down to sew. I was a little skeptical at first, but the Janome No-Slip Foot Pedal Pad really does stay in place, no matter which type of flooring you have. Every time I go to use my foot pedal, it is exactly where I left it!

At 10″ x 14″, there’s lots of room for whatever the foot pedal for your machine. Many machines come with the Extra-Large white foot control pictured above, but did you know it also fits many other machines and is available as a separate accessory?

This Christmas I am trying to give gifts that I have made myself or give something I know someone will actually need and will use. The Janome Sew Comfortable products are the way to go for anyone in your life who sews, as you don’t need to worry about that machine they have, don’t need to worry about their decor, or if they have room. Every sewist can use the Janome No-Slip Foot Pedal Pad!

Perhaps you’d even like one for yourself, but not sure that “special someone” will get one for you. You could do as I do. I buy my own gifts and give them to my husband to wrap. This way I get exactly the size, colour, style and product that I want, and I’m surprised when I open them. Unless, of course, he forgets to even bring them out of the closet, as he actually did one year! Now I remind him. lol!

For more fabulous Janome accessories, be sure to check out the Janome Canada Holiday Gift Guide and check with Janome dealers to see what special offers they may have for yourself or your sewing friend.

Happy Sewing and Happy Holidays!!

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NEW Janome Canada EXCLUSIVE project from Sew4Home!

Stir a swirl of color into your cooking! This gorgeous patchwork apron will feel like wrapping yourself in a rainbow. Four amazing quilting cottons, plus a coordinating lining cotton, and unique corduroy accents all come together in a delightful mixture of pattern and texture.

The S4H team created this beautiful project exclusively for the Janome Canada audience, but how wonderful we can share the Janome love around the world!

As you put the apron together, you’ll learn/practice: assembling panels, stitching darts, making skinny ties, inserting a decorative flange, and more. In addition, you’ll see how all the layers can be assembled, stitched, and then turned through the open top of the bib, resulting in an apron that is fully finished front to back.

As always with our friends at S4H, each and every step is thoroughly explained with excellent photos throughout. Even if you are brand new on your sewing journey, you can do this, and you’ll be so proud of the result. The cute little accent trim at the top of the pocket is a great detail and good time to use a scrap of a contrast fabric. Make one for yourself and several more as wonderful gift ideas!

The apron is fully lined in a coordinating quilting cotton, which adds more strength to the apron, so it’ll stand up to lots of washings and still look beautiful.

The fabric featured is from the Fluent collection by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics. The stunning collection is due to hit retail and virtual fabric shelves in the late Fall of 2022. Of course, you are welcome to choose your own favorite fabric, and could even use fewer fabrics should you want a more neutral outcome.

As always, you’ll find full instructions under the INSPIRE tab, Sew4Home tab on Janome.CA.

Design by Anne Adams, Instructions by Liz Johnson, Sample by Debbie Guild

An Exclusive S4H Project for Janome Canada

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Janome Mini Duckling 4″ Applique Scissors

Since their debut a few years ago, the Janome Mini Duckling 4″ Applique Scissors have quickly become one of my favourite things in my sewing room. I can’t sew without them now!

Part Number 712MD

I love them sew much I have several pairs. I keep one in my classroom at the Janome Sewing and Learning Centre; one at my machine at home and one pair in my briefcase, so I always have them whenever I travel. I take my briefcase as a carry-on on planes and have never had a problem with these scissors stored in the front pocket. They’re so compact, they fit anywhere!

The Janome Magnetic Pin Pal is the perfect place to keep the Janome Mini Duckling 4″ Applique Scissors, so they stay handy next to your machine. Yes, it’s perfectly fine to use a magnetic pin cushion next to your newer computerized machine, like the fabulous Janome Continental M17.

One of the reasons I love these little scissors is that they have bigger finger holes for my fatter man-fingers. With other smaller snips and scissors, I can’t get my fingers through the holes to work them, but I have no trouble with these. Anyone with long nails will appreciate this, too!

The engineering of the scissors is ideal to use for embroidery in-the-hoop applique, especially with the offset handles so they get down close to the fabric without hitting the side of the embroidery hoop. The duckbill flange on the lower cutting blade is designed to protect the base fabric while you trim away the excess fabric of the applique.

These are the perfect scissors to use when stitching the fun patches from the Hobby Patch embroidery series from our friends at Sew4Home. You will find all the information under the INSPIRE tab/ Sew4Home tab on Janome.CA.

Check out the Janome Mini Duckling 4″ Applique Scissors in action in this short video below to see why these are one of my favourite things!

Be sure to check out our Janome Canada Holiday Gift Guide for more goodies on special offer for the Holidays. As always, double-check with your Janome dealer for details!

Happy Sewing!

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These Are a Few of My Favourite Things!

Can you believe it?! December already! Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, or no matter which holidays you may celebrate, you know they’re just around the corner! It’s a time which also often brings reflection and the desire to share.

Our Janome Canada education team is very thankful and appreciative of all the support and enthusiasm we receive from YOU, our loyal Janome fans and users who love to share the Janome love as we do! Many times, we’re asked what we love about Janome; what products and machines we use; what features of our Janome machines we love, so for the month of December we’ll be sharing with you some of our favourite things!

Though we all love Janome, we’re a diverse team with different skills sets, different passions for what we like to create, different machines, and different sewing habits. You can look forward to a variety of machine features, products, and even a sewing tip or two being shared in each blog post throughout the month.

For example, anyone who knows our fabulous bilingual educator from Montreal, Celine, knows she loves embroidery. As Celine puts it, “I wear my machine”. Even our official Janome red uniform shirts were a blank canvas for Celine to show off some of the beautiful designs built-in to so many Janome embroidery machines. You can bet some of her favourite things will revolve around embroidery, either a machine feature, or a product from the Janome line which helps her in the embroidery process. The fabulous Madeira stabilizers immediately come to my mind, but we’ll wait to see Celine has in store for us!

Also in store for you this month, there’s lots of great goodies to be found in the Janome Canada Holiday Gift Guide on our website, Janome.CA.

Check out the “Offers and Promotions” tab for all the items currently on special, and of course, check with your Janome Canada dealer for details!

Being able to share the Janome love with all of YOU, our readers from around the GLOBE is definitely one of my all-time favourite things!!

Happy Sewing!

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@janomehq Instagram LIVE series “Ask Janome HQ” TODAY at 1pm EST!

Join us LIVE at 1pm EST @janomehq Instagram page this afternoon for our series, “Ask Janome HQ” as we read and answer your questions asked by e-mail and on our Janome Canada social media. When possible, we’ll also try to answer questions LIVE, so tune in to join in the FUN while we learn about all things Janome.

Ask Janome HQ” will be presented every other week. We’ll still be presenting our very popular, ongoing series “Janome’s Magical Machine Mystery Tour” in the alternate weeks, so be sure to FOLLOW us so you don’t miss a post!

Don’t worry if you can’t make the LIVE presentation, though. They’ll be stored in the IGTV icon on the Janome HQ Instagram Page and later posted as videos on the Janome HQ You Tube channel. A new Playlist, “Ask Janome HQ” has been created so you can easily find all the presentations there if you miss a LIVE presentation or don’t have an Instagram account.

Follow us on the Janome HQ Facebook page to see what’s new at our Janome Canada Headquarters, our Janome HQ!

Happy Sewing and #sharethejanomelove!

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Today’s Facebook LIVE: Home Dec for Holidays!

It’s never too early to get a jump on sewing special projects for the Holidays. This month the Janome Sewing Machine Facebook LIVES will focus on sewing ideas and tips for making one-of-kind decor items customized to your personal style.

On today’s Janome Sewing Machine Facebook LIVE at 3pm Eastern, Celine will show you how to embroider and sew a festive holiday tablecloth.

Though Celine often uses the fabulous NEW Janome Continental M17. or Janome MC15000 Quilt Maker to demonstrate her techniques, many Janome models come with the same presser feet or have the same embroidery designs, features and stitches so everyone can share in the fun!

Janome Continental M17.

Check out our handy bilingual Janome Accessories Guide or click on the Accessories Tab on Janome.CA. to find the presser feet and accessories compatible with your machine. Click the Products tab, then scroll down to find “View all Accessories“. Click there to access the Search Box or to scroll through the pages to find the accessories you’d like. Click on the picture/description to find the Part Number and machine compatibility. And, as always, check with your fabulous Janome Dealer!

Bilingual Janome Accessories Guide on the Janome.CA website

Don’t worry if you can’t make the LIVE. All of the presentations will be saved under the Videos tab of the Janome Sewing Machines Facebook page. Use the Search Box to find all the videos with Celine Ross.

Don’t have a Facebook account, don’t worry, they will be uploaded to the Janome HQ You Tube channel under the Facebook Live playlist to enjoy whenever you wish!

Happy Sewing!

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Artistic Digitizer Special Pricing Extended to Dec 30!

You’ve asked and we’ve listened! Many have been enjoying the FREE trial of the Artistic Digitizer software for the month of October but wanted more time to play and learn the software before committing to purchase the full package. Janome Canada has been offering an extra month to enjoy everything the Artistic Digitizer software has to offer!

Not only has the FREE trial been extended, the special promotional price of the full package has been extended, as well, until December 30th, 2022.

If you’d like to keep enjoying the software even after the free trial is over, participating Janome Canada dealers are offering a terrific deal on the full package of Artistic Digitizer, $899 CAD! Just to add to the extra-special nature of the limited time offer, Janome Canada is providing the Artistic Digitizer Jr and the Artistic Digitizer Upgrade together, which combined EQUAL the full package.

We couldn’t get stock of the full package in time, so we bundled the Artistic Digitizer Jr and Upgrade software together, so everyone can take advantage of the special pricing and can continue to enjoy the program without any delays. Full installation instructions are included with the programs.

OFFER EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 30!!

Don’t Delay!

In addition to MANY built-in help videos, you’ll find TONS of helpful resources in the Janome Artistic Digitizer Facebook Group. Be sure to watch Anne Hein’s videos of past LIVE presentations, found under the MEDIA tab and download the exercises in the GUIDES tab.

More great news is that the Janome Artistic Digitizer software was built on the MAC platform, so BOTH Windows and MAC users can enjoy this program! Even better is that ALL current Janome embroidery machines (and even those non-Janome embroidery models) can use this software.

Our fabulous Janome Canada educator, Celine, has 4 videos on the Janome HQ You Tube channel to help get you started if you’re new to digitizing software.

OFFER EXTENDED to DEC 30, 2022!

Be sure to check out Janome.CA and check with your Janome dealer for details. This special offer is on until December 30, 2022.

Happy Sewing!

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Tis the Season!

It’s hard to believe, but Christmas Eve is just 4 weekends away!

Be sure to check with our Janome Canada dealers for some terrific savings to help you fill those stockings, and spaces under the tree with some Janome love!

From now until the end of December, our Janome Canada Holiday Gift Guide offers something for everyone, no matter what kind of sewing, experience level, or budget. Perhaps it’s a whole new redesigned, more functional and organized sewing space complete with Arrow sewing cabinets and Arrow chairs!

Or maybe it’s a small stocking stuffer like a favourite presser foot, attachment or everyday notion, like a new pack of Janome “J” bobbins or needles. Most Janome Sewing and Embroidery machines take the same Janome “J” Bobbin, and Janome Needles, so they’re always a safe bet. You can never have too many of each!

To find the Janome Canada dealer nearest you, click the “Where to Buy” tab on Janome.CA and be sure to review the entire Janome Canada Holiday Gift Guide for more great deals to share more of the Janome love.

Happy Sewing!

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Ruffled gift bags

We are coming up on several major holidays in December, including Hanukkah, Kwanza, Christmas, and more. These ruffled gift bags are a great way to not only do some scrap busting but also add a personal touch to gift giving.

There are lots of different ways to make your own gift bags, anything from very simple to extravagant and fancy. I like these bags because they are a quick project with sizing that is easy to customize and upsize or downsize depending on what you want to gift.

I started with a piece of fabric that was 21 inches by 14 inches. The longer section will be folded in half to become the width of your bag, the shorter section becomes the height, minus about 4 inches.

After ironing my fabric, I folded down 3.5 inches from the top (along the longest side of the fabric).

I turned over my fabric, still with the top folded over and marked the channel that will contain the drawstring feature of the gift bag. I used a white marking pencil to identify these two lines.

Starting about a half inch above the bottom of the fold, I marked the first line, and then made my second line about a half inch above that. Your drawstring channel can be as wide as needed to accommodate whatever type of ribbon or drawstring you’d like to use.

With the fabric folded right sides together along the short edges (so that folded it is now 10.5 inches in width), I marked just where the channel started and ended on the wrong sides of the fabric.

Before sewing along the side seam of the bag, I like to open up the fabric first and top stitch along the top of the bag. I think it adds an extra little detail to the gift bag, particularly if you pull out some metallic thread like I did for this project. I enjoy using Madeira’s gold thread on my Janome Skyline S9 machine.

I also love using the Janome HP foot and needle plate for projects such as this.

The one-piece foot and foot holder combo of the Janome HP foot allows for precision sewing. Look at that top stitch detail!

With the topstitching completed, fold the fabric so it is right sides together again and stitch down the side of the gift bag (where you marked the drawstring channels. Sew from the top of the bag to the start of the channel, back stitch and clip your threads. Then start again where the second mark for the drawstring begins and sew to the bottom of the bag. You want to leave that small opening so you can add in your drawstring.

Turn the bag right side out and stitch along the lines that mark the top and bottom of the drawstring channel.

To finish the bag, turn wrong side out and stitch along the bottom to close.

You can easily use any type of ribbon as the drawstring for your bag. I choose to make my own in a coordinating colour. Basically, I cut 2 inches of fabric about 20 inches long, then pressed like I was making binding, and top stitched along both sides, again using my favourite gold metallic Madeira thread.

The ribbon is then threaded through the channel and tied on the outside.

How cute is this little gift bag? The ruffles on the top naturally happen when you close the drawstring, which gives it an extra little flourish. You can make your bags a little extra special with some simple detail. I did a little straight stitching along the bottom of one of the bags with more gold Madeira thread to add an accent. You can line the bags, use patchwork pieces that are quilted together to the desired size, or even embroider on the bags. Something festive for the occasion or even a “to” and “from” notation, the possibilities are endless!

What holidays are you gearing up for in December? Have you started your holiday sewing or does that happen last minute for you?

Happy Sewing!

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We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Broadcast….

We sew appreciate your loyalty and support of Janome HQ, but alas, there will be NO LIVE at 1pm EST @janomehq Instagram page this afternoon.

HOWEVER, there is a NEW video uploaded to the Janome HQ You Tube channel under the Janome’s Magical Machine Mystery Tour playlist, so we can continue to share the Janome love even though it’s not “live”.

JMMMT Artwork 2

This is the perfect time to get caught up on any presentations you might have missed as they’re all stored in IGTV on the @janomehq Instagram Page and on the Janome HQ You Tube channel.

What machine and Janome goodies will we talk about on Magical Machine Mystery Tour? It’s a MYSTERY so you must tune in each week for the big reveal!

Want to know answers to questions about your machine or about Janome products? Tune in every other week for Ask Janome HQ. Depending on the question, it may be answered LIVE!

Don’t worry if you can’t make the LIVE presentation, though. They’ll be stored in the IGTV icon on the Janome HQ Instagram Page and later posted as videos on the Janome HQ You Tube channel.

Follow us on the Janome HQ Facebook page to see what’s new at our Janome Canada Headquarters, our Janome HQ!

Happy Sewing and #sharethejanomelove!

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